Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the floods wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from going up in the air or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 859-905-0834 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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